Douglas Development Partnership is a not-for-profit company responsible for developing the design concepts for the regeneration of the North Quay. Sculpture and seating designs were implemented in the pedestrian area at the “Promontory” near the junction of North Quay and Ridgeway Street.
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Kristian Edwards is a stone mason, who works regularly with the island’s local stone and traditional building techniques. The main influence for the design of these pieces was the location of the Isle of Man in the geographic heart of the British Isles.
Each seat is composed of four hand cut pieces of Stoney Mountain Granite (representing England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales) with a blue glowing light (representing the Isle of Man) at the heart. Each piece is raised on a hidden, locally fabricated steel plinth which will give the effect of the stone floating in the air.
After graduating from the Isle of Man College, Katrina Jayne Bass’s first public art commission was the design of 5 small sculptures inspired by “Buckie Pots”,
These baskets are used historically on vessels around the Isle of Man as fenders for protection. Katrina abstracted the design of the frame of the buckie which was constructed by a Douglas based fabricator using galvanised and painted mild steel.
The design accords with the Quayside Lighting Strategy by incorporating lighting. This is provided from standard ground mounted up lighters set into the paving surface.